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A woman received RM280K for a condo

Published on: Wednesday April 13, 2022

By: Jo Ann Mool

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Kota Kinabalu: A woman who said she was a ‘close friend’ of former Sabah water department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Mohd Talib told the special corruption court on Tuesday that he had paid half the price of his condo in cash as well as for its renovation. Christine Fiona M Ponsoi, 36, who was the ninth witness for the prosecution, testified during direct examination by Deputy Attorney General (DPP) Mahadi Abdul Jumaat that she purchased a condominium unit in Puncak Luyang in 2014 worth RM530,000 and had taken out a bank loan of RM250. 000 for a period of 35 years. She told Judge Abu Bakar that Ag Mohd Tahir gave her RM280,000 in cash in an envelope as payment for the balance of the unit price.

She said the unit renovation expenses worth RM300,000 were also paid in cash by Ag Mohd Tahir in the same way, which she paid to an interior design firm. She further stated that Ag Mohd Tahir also paid money between RM2,000 and RM10,000 but not every month for unit payment like monthly installments, which amounted to 1 RM500 per month and management fees. She said she stayed in said unit two or three years ago. Ag Mohd Tahir, his wife Fauziah Piut and former deputy director Lim Lam Beng are on trial. Ag Mohd Tahir, 58, and Fauziah, 55, and Lim, 66, had on December 29, 2016 pleaded not guilty to 37 counts of money laundering, involving RM61.57 million. Christine had known Mohd Tahir since 2003 when she worked part-time at Golf Driving Range Likas which Ag Mohd Tahir patronized. She said Ag Mohd Tahir was assistant manager then and was later promoted to manager. Christine, who works as an officer at a company here, said she and Ag Mohd Tahir were “close friends until now” and she knew he was married and had children. In 2015, Ag Mohd Tahir used his name to purchase a Toyota Lexus vehicle.

When remanded by the prosecution over the seizure of RM14,000 in cash from her condominium unit, Christine said the money was seized by the MACC officer in October 2016. She said that the money had been donated by Ag Mohd Tahir as an expense to run the condominium unit. and car. She met Ag Mohd Tahir at the condominium after returning from vacation and he gave her the money. The witness also told the court that the grant for the vehicle was retained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which was taken away from her in 2016, but the vehicle is still with her. When asked why the assets and large amounts of money were given to her, Christine replied, “The money given to me was for household expenses…maybe it’s is based on friendship and has an element of trust because he knew I wanted to buy a house.” When pressed further, she replied that they were given to her as a gift and for his sense of responsibility to her. Earlier, the eighth prosecution witness, Datuk [email protected] Riman, who was the head of the finance division of the State Water Department from April 2014 to October 2017, confirmed in his witness statement that from 2005 to 2016, a total of 10,167 authorization letters for the allocation of expenditures for the division and department headquarters amounting to a total sum of RM2,864 billion had been issued and signed by the director ( Ag Mohd Tahir). Rusdin, who is now the permanent finance secretary, said after screening, 8,387 out of 10,167 approval letters were personally signed by the director, totaling RM2.381 billion. Rusdin also stated that during the period of 2005 to 2016, a total of 8,491 authorization letters for allocation expenditures totaling RM2.232 billion were issued and signed by the director only for the division.

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After screening, 7,389 approvals were signed by the manager himself, amounting to RM2.109 billion, he said. Rusdin said in his witness statement that the purpose of preparing the full report was for MACC to do analysis as part of the investigation into the Water Department’s Expenditure Allocation Authorization Letter. State of Sabah issued for the period 2005 to 2016. Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah were represented by attorney Marcel Jude while attorneys Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Baldev Singh and Karpaljit Singh appeared for Lim. The trial continues.
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